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The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Tuesday May 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Kamasi Washington - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 7:30pm. £30.00.

River City Jazzmen w. Maureen Hall - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NN. Tel: 01670 813983. 8:00pm. £5 (raffle inc.) Bob Wade, Gordon Solomon, Keith Stephen, Phil Rutherford, Tommy Graham.

Lindsay Hannon Band - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Gillespiana @ King's Head, Crouch End

Pete Long (ldr/alt); Steve Fishwick, George Hogg, Gabriel!?, Nathan Bray (tpts); Alastair White, ? (tmb); Sammy Maine, ? (alt); David Lewis, Richard Shepherd (ten); ? (bar); Simon Wallace (pno); Alan Graham (vbs); Jim Richardson (bs); ? (dms); Roberto Da Plu? (timb/bongoes); Satin Singh (conga).
Apologies for the names I missed.
This is the tribute band to end all tribute bands. Forget the original records this is how Dizzy's big band may have sounded on location in a small club.
It began with Leader Long blowing chorus after chorus on Anthropology - his only alto blast of the evening but what a blast with just the rhythm section. The two trombones then had an extended joust before the full power of the band was unleashed on Ow! Steve Fishwick needless to say was at his boppiest.
I was breathless and this was just the opener!
In the confines of the compact basement it was positively quadrophonic!
Algo Bueno equally powerful with trumpet player George Hogg outstanding as indeed he was all evening - a guy to watch out for he's a comer.
Emanon featured the rhythm section before tenorist Shepherd and a third trumpet talent the improbably, albeit appropriately, named Gabriel took it to the cleaners.
Dave Lewis blew a long soul-like tenor solo before the band took off on Good Bait with George Hogg once more rubber stamping his credentials.
The set finished with One Bass Hit and some fine bass hitting by one Jim Richardson.
By now I was on Cloud 9 and still rising - this is an amazing band - a must for any Jazz Festival.
Manteca kicked off part two - a truly original take on the original in the form of a suite with emphasis on the rhythm section and another great solo by Hogg.
Sammy Main played an emotionally packed I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good 'cept it was bloody good!
Night in Tunisia then Our Delight to round off what had indeed been a delight!
Lance.

1 comment :

ColinM said...

Hello Lance,

I was pleased to meet you at the gig, which was indeed brilliant. Your write-up of it captures it well. Thanks.

Colin

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